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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Solar Works from Ideal (1983)

This dealer ad from 1983 features Solar Works from Ideal. The set allowed children (ages 8 and up) to “harness the power of the sun” via a set of easy-to-understand experiments, including:

  • a reflector system allowed the use of the sun’s rays to discover the principles of solar cooking;
  • a distillation apparatus that provided the ability to purify salt water; and
  • a set of seed cups that could be used illustrated the concept of hydroponics.

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